Istanbul's Things to Know About the Continent of Asia

Istanbul’s Things to Know About the Continent of Asia

The city of Istanbul is one of the most important and special cities in the world, which spread out both continents. These 2 different continents are divided by the Bosphorus. Thus, it forms the Asian and European sides of the city. There are three big suspension bridges connecting this continent of Istanbul. The names of these bridges are 15 July Martyrs Bridge, Mohammad Fateh, Sultan Yavuz. However, there are also many alternative modes of transportation such as buses, subways, and ferries that you can use to facilitate transportation from one continent to another.

Both Asian and European sides of Istanbul are authentic and have their own unique features. Since the Asian side is the first land to be accepted as Istanbul in history, it contains many special areas related to Istanbul tourism and history. Let’s examine the Things to Know About Istanbul together in this article.

How Many Districts Are There in Istanbul Asian Continent?

Although the Asian continent of Istanbul has less population, it offers you a modern and beautiful Istanbul experience with its increasing popularity as a home and lifestyle in recent years. Let’s take a look at the districts on the Asian continent side of Istanbul and see what features stand out within this article about Istanbul Turkey.

  • Atasehir Let’s start with the Atasehir district first, which stands out with its business and economic center. Atasehir has grown in the last ten years with mass housing development works for middle and upper-class families. There are a total of 17 neighborhoods in this district, which has a population of approximately 425 thousand. One of the structures that make the biggest contribution to Atasehir is the sports center called Ulker Sports Arena, home to the Fenerbahce Ulker Basketball team. This area not only hosts sports teams or basketball teams, it is also used as a stage show and concert area.
  • Cekmekoy is a large district consisting of 21 neighborhoods. It is a social neighborhood in quiet nature, not very close to the city center. Although there is no historical or touristic area in the district,  its beautiful natural atmosphere, green forest and social activities appeal to both university students and families.
  • Kadikoy One of the most popular districts on the Anatolian side of Istanbul is Kadikoy, which is on the shore of the Bosphorus. This district which has a dense population is a social district that many tourists visit for a short trip. Bagdat Street, Sureyya Opera House, Caddebostan Beach, Fenerbahce Park are the landmarks of the district.
  • Pendik Another great district. Pendik district has more developed due to the Sabiha Gokcen airport. This district has a high population density. Archaeological studies still continue in Tumulus, an old settlement which in Pendik and also, in a prehistoric settlement called Temenye, where another excavation is carried out. Alternatively, you can visit Aydos hill, castle, forest, Erenler mosque, and Formula 1 racetrack in this district.
  • Sancaktepe district, which has an increasing population due to its proximity to the TEM highway and Sabiha Gokcen Airport, is a popular destination with its summer palaces and recreation areas.
  • Sultanbeyli, which has experienced unplanned urbanization due to the fact that it is a place that constantly receives immigrants on the Anatolian side, has recently become popular due to urban transformation projects. 
  • Umraniye, the third-largest district of Istanbul, is one of the most preferred districts due to the accessibility of transportation. The newly developing and modern district of the Anatolian side is a shopping and education center. Umraniye is considered to be the favorite district of the working class with its luxury homes.
  • Uskudar is one of the most historical districts on the Anatolian side of Istanbul. Maiden’s Tower, one of the symbols of Istanbul, is also located in this district.  The tower is located in the middle of the sea, which dates back to ancient times, was built by King Alkibiades for the protection of his princess daughter.
  • Adalar district, which has the least population, consists of 9 islands in the Sea of ​​Marmara. These islands are Buyukada, Burgazada, Sedef Island, Heybeliada, Kinali Island, Kasik Island, Rabbit Island, Sivri Island and Yassiada. However, the only islands with regular settlements are Buyukada, Burgazada, Sedef Island, Heybeliada and Kinali ada. These islands, which have remarkable churches and buildings, are of interest to domestic and foreign tourists.
  • Tuzla district, which has a coast to the Marmara Sea, has highly developed shipyards in the field of industry. 
  • Beykoz district is one of the preferred districts in Istanbul with its wide green groves. It is a favorite place where the cream of the society lives in large villa-type houses.  Karakulak water in Beykoz offers you the opportunity to get fresh drinking water. Also, people often make picnic in these recreation areas.
  • Sile, is a district 70 km away from Istanbul. It is located on the Black Sea coast, famous for its waterfalls and fresh air. Sile Lighthouse, the largest lighthouse in Turkey, is located in this district. The Crying Rock, located near this lighthouse, is one of the symbols of Sile. Those living in Istanbul prefer Sile as a holiday destination because of its proximity. Locals and foreigners rent or buy summer houses here.
  • Maltepe, which has been accepted as a settlement since the Byzantine period, is a popular district with its interesting historical sites and the coast of the Marmara Sea. One of these interesting mansions and symbols of the district is the Temple of the Virgins.
  • Kartal district, which is connected to the Asian continent of Istanbul, is famous for its natural beauty and industrial area and has great importance in terms of tourism. Aydos Forest, Kartal Beach are the most well-known place to visit in the district.

What is the Population of the Asian Continent of Istanbul?

Now that we have examined the districts one by one, let’s list the population of Istanbul Turkey from the most populated district to the least populated district.

The district, which is located in the most populated Asian continent side, is Umraniye with a population of 699901. The second is Pendik district with a population of 698260. After that, Uskudar is the 3rd most populous district with a population of 533570. Let’s examine the other districts as a list.

  • Maltepe- 497586
  • Kartal – 463433
  • Kadıkoy – 451453
  • Atasehir – 423372
  • Sancaktepe – 402391
  • Sultanbeyli – 329985
  • Tuzla – 252923
  • Beykoz – 251087
  • Cekmekoy – 248859
  • Sile – 35131
  • Adalar – 14907

Thus, the total population living in Istanbul districts on the Asian continent is 15.46 million people.

What is the Surface Area of the Asian Continent of Istanbul?

The land of Istanbul on the Asian continent is called the Anatolian side, and it covers a large area with 14 districts on this side. The total area of this side is 5,343 km². It is also considered an important place because the city consists of 7 hills and are included in the hadiths religiously. The expressions that Prophet Muhammad expressed to the commander who will besiege and seize that city, what a great commander he is, what a good soldier he is, is of great importance for Muslims. This favorite city, which hosted the Byzantine and Roman empires among the Christians, is very important in terms of its history and location.

In addition, this city, which has a distinctive feature historically with the strategy of driving the ships of Fatih Sultan Mehmet from land during the siege of the city, is a symbol that glorifies every culture and every religion.

What are the Features of the Asian Continent of Istanbul?

For many years, both Turks and foreigners paid little attention to the Anatolian side of Istanbul. Recently, with the desire of travelers to experience an unusual side of Istanbul, they started to rediscover the Anatolian side of Istanbul on the Asian continent as it is known. The Anatolian Side of Istanbul has also modernized itself with developments to take advantage of the popularity of the real estate market. 

Polonezkoy Nature Park, Beykoz

This special area, which hosts outdoor sports such as running, cycling, and trekking, gives you peace of mind by making you feel in nature even if you are in the city. This place is the perfect destination for early morning running.

Anadolu Kavagi, Beykoz

Located in the Beykoz district, this area is a special coastal town. This is a place preferred by those who want to have a picnic, go for a beach walk, and get away from the chaos of the city.

Maiden's Tower,

Maiden’s Tower, Uskudar

The tower, which is located in the middle of this sea with a history of 2500 years, was built by the Athenian commander Alkibiades, with the restoration made in the Ottoman period, a lighthouse was added and today it has a luxury restaurant. You can enter this special tower, which can be visited both as a museum and as a restaurant, by paying a fee of 5 USD.

Beylerbeyi Palace

Beylerbeyi Palace, Uskudar

This palace is a special architectural structure that synthesizes East-West architecture in the structure dominated by Baroque architecture. Today, various invitations and events are held in the International Reception Hall of the Beylerbeyi Palace. If you wish, you can visit this incredible magnificent structure by paying 2 USD.

Haydarpasa Train Station, Kadikoy

The special historical station, which was built during the reign of Abdulhamid, is considered one of the symbols of Kadıkoy. However, after the last fire in this historical station, train services are no more allowed.

Kadikoy Bull Statue

This bull statue, which is the main symbol of Kadikoy,  actually contains a deep meaning. The history of the statue is based on the Alsace region, which is a problem between France and Germany. French sculptor Isidore Bonheur makes a statue of an angry bull to Germany due to the French victory in the region, but later this statue was presented as a gift to the Ottoman Empire, making it the most famous symbol of Kadikoy today.

Bagdat Street

Bagdat Street is considered to be the more elegant and modern version of Istiklal Street, which is located in Istanbul’s European side. This street, which looks like an open-air shopping center, reflects the old and the new industrialization in the most modern way.

What are the Famous Dishes of the Asian Continent in Istanbul?

Istanbul is a special city not only with its history but also with its food. So, what are the most famous dishes?

  • Yogurt of Kanlica: Kanlica is a district located on the Anatolian side of Istanbul. The prominent food of this district is yogurt, which has a unique flavor.
  • Istanbul’s simit: Istanbul simit is a crunchy food, slightly different from the bagels you eat. This food, which is mostly preferred for breakfast, contains sesame and molasses.
  • Eminonu-Fish Bread

Fish and bread, another famous street delicacy of Istanbul, continues to be sold in Eminonu, regardless of whether it is summer or winter. The characteristic of this fish bread is that it is made with freshly caught fish and eaten inside the boat. It is a flavor preferred by tourists. If you wish, you can also try the flavor of pickles and pickle juice. All these delicacies can be found an hour away from Istanbul airport.

History of Istanbul Asian Continent

Did you know the historical importance of Istanbul, which is spread on both sides of the Bosphorus with its extraordinary beauty?

This special city, which is famous for its ancient history and home to many civilizations, is also the center of religions and a spiritual area where the commanders fight fiercely to seize it. Istanbul’s history is full of conquests.

In the 6th century, BC Persians ruled Istanbul city, after them, Alexander The Great ruled it till the 2nd century BC. Then the Romans started ruling this magnificent city and then Emperor Constantine the Great made the city capital of the Roman Empire. While the Roman reign, the Justinian I riots destroyed the whole city. When the city is full of sieges, Constantinople lost its previous strength. At that time, Ottoman Turks by the commander Sultan Mehmet II conquered the city by dragging ships off the ground in 1453. With this unusual war manoeuvre, they caught the enemy off guard. The city was reshaped by Islam and Turkish culture by the Ottomans. Since many civilizations live in Istanbul, it gains a cosmopolitan appearance. This continues until World War I. Istanbul, which was occupied by the Allied Powers in the 1st World War, is regained to the Turks by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. In this way, it continues its existence depending on today’s Republic of Turkey. The latest news about Istanbul is that it is still the most impressive country in the world.

What are the Historical Places of the Asian Continent in Istanbul?

As we know, Istanbul is a special city that smells of history. Let’s examine the Anatolian side under this title.

Mihrimah Sultan Mosque

This special structure, located in Uskudar pier square, is a work commissioned by Mimar Sinan, the daughter of Suleiman the Magnificent. Resembling the silhouette of a perched eagle, this special design is an architecturally unique piece.

 Anatolian Fortress

This historical fortress, which is one of the most visited buildings, is a popular destination with its breakfast hall and restaurants.

Beylerbeyi Palace

Located on the shore of the Bosphorus, this private palace was built in the 19th century. It is a work of the 19th century and reflects the Ottoman architectural style. This magnificent building hosted Empress Eugénie, the wife of Napoleon. Also, Napoleon said about Istanbul, “If the world were a single country, Istanbul would be its capital”

What Are The Museums In Istanbul Asian Continent?

Istanbul is famous for its historical buildings and its unique history, as well as for its museums. Below are the museums in the continent of Asia.

Topkapi Palace Museum

This is the largest palace in turkey. This place is where the sultans live and decide their war movements. You can visit the amazing palace by buying a ticket which is 10 USD.

Istanbul Archaeological Museums

Located in Eminonu, this building is a museum consisting of many different sections. The entrance fee to the museum is 2 or 3 USD and consists of about 1 million artifacts

Rahmi Koc Museum

This is an industrial museum which is dedicated to the history of transport and industry. This museum has very rare pieces. If you are interested in cars and the industry of cars, you should check this place.

Sakip Sabanci Museum

This museum is about fine arts. It is full of very special Ottoman paintings. If you want to see these magnificent pieces, this museum is located in the Sariyer area.

Sabri Artam Museum – Istanbul Car Museum

This is a special museum for classic car lovers. The fee for this museum is only 3 USD.

How Many Tourists Come to Istanbul Asian Continent?

Istanbul welcomes many tourists annually with its historical beauty and nightlife. Although it could not host as many visitors as previous years due to the coronavirus this year, it still hosted more tourists than many countries. This province, which hosted only 684 thousand 621 foreign tourists in June 2021, hosted 4.4 million foreigners in 4 months before the virus spread in 2019. Most tourists who are interested and knowledgeable about Istanbul’s history prefer to visit the historical buildings of Istanbul when they are on holiday.

How is Transportation Provided in Istanbul Asian Continent?

Since Istanbul’s population is dense and visitors frequent more throughout the year, transportation is one of the most important things for the administration. Now let’s share information about the transportation of the city of Istanbul. There are Minibus, Bus, Metro, Train for the districts of Istanbul, which are located in the Asian continent, where many different types of transportation are used, and there are various highways and bridges for those who have a car.

Istanbul Asian Continent Taxi Prices

Istanbul’s taxis are included in the fare calculation based on the route traveled and offer prices to their customers according to the journey made on the basis of kilometers. This calculation is calculated over the taximeter connected to each vehicle.

With the taximeter opening fee updated in 2021, the journey starts from 2 USD. Plus, 1 USD is added for each kilometer. 

Istanbul Asian Bus Ticket Prices

If you want to travel at a more affordable price other than a taxi in Istanbul, you can also take the public bus. An interesting piece of information about Istanbul is that the fares you pay for buses vary depending on your situation. With the 2021 hike, the full ticket for the journey is 4 TL (0.41 USD), if you want to buy a student ticket, the fare you will pay for the journey is 1,95 TL.(0.20 USD)

What are the Asian Continent House Rental Prices in Istanbul?

1+2 houses start from 600 Euros per month. The condition and location of the house are some of the most important factors affecting the rent. If the house you are looking for is on a luxury site, the prices go higher. The prices of the houses also can change due to the economic situation of Istanbul.

What are the Prices of Houses for Sale in the Asian Continent in Istanbul?

The house prices in the neighborhoods in the Asian continent vary according to the size of the house and start from 150 thousand dollars and up to 700 thousand dollars. We would like to remind you that Istanbul’s real estate market is able to offer foreign investors more affordable prices and opportunities due to the foreign exchange squeeze and the current construction market being tight.

If you want to buy a house, we guarantee that you can find a house that fits your budget and wishes by meeting with the real estate agent. In addition, apartments, villas, residences can be found in luxury sites suitable for the desired price.

When talking about Istanbul’s houses, it is essential to mention its architectural structures. Istanbul’s buildings are special designs that synthesize modernity with Turkish culture. The most important of these structures is the Blue Mosque. Let’s look at 7 facts about the Blue Mosque in Istanbul. It has 260 stained glass windows that make the Blue Mosque unique. Secondly, it is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Also, it is the work of the Ottoman’s best-accepted architect, the architect Sinan. It is forbidden to take pictures while praying. The location of the mosque on the Sultan Ahmet thus why it is mostly called the Sultanahmet mosque. The Blue Mosque is famous for its six minarets. Besides that, Pope Benedict XVI visited the Blue mosque in 2006.

What Are Reliable Real Estate Companies in Istanbul Asian Continent?

If you are looking for suitable real estate in Istanbul, you are in the right place. This real estate, which serves you with many house options that you can like and buy in the Asian continent of Istanbul, has been serving its valuable customers since 2009. Reaching more than 73% of its customer base, this successful institution aims to provide you with a hassle-free and stress-free experience in buying property in Turkey. You should definitely check the Realty Group Products on the PROPERTY section of the website and to get more information about the real estate please contact.

What are the Points to Consider While Buying a House in Istanbul Asian Continent?

Everyone knows that there are many important factors that need to be considered and investigated when buying a house. But do you know what you should pay attention to when buying a house in Istanbul?

  • Registration at the land registry
  • Whether it is mortgaged
  • Whether there is an injunction preventing the sale,
  • Whether the floor servitude has been established,
  • Whether there are any obstacles to its establishment,
  • The nature of the tenants or potential tenants,
  • Current or potential rental value,
  • Rental periods, rental contract conditions,
  • The development structure of the region,
  • Proximity to shopping centers, health institutions, schools,
  • Proximity to main transportation lines
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